Prop Ferreira to lead Kings

2013-03-21 15:53

Christchurch - According to the website, loosehead prop Schalk Ferreira will become the fifth player to lead the Kings in as many Super Rugby games when the Eastern Cape team go in against the powerful Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.

Although there have been five onfield leaders, Ferreira is the fourth selected captain.

Luke Watson led the side in the first game against the Force, but had to leave the field after 30 minutes and Andries Strauss took over. In the next game against the Sharks, it was lock Darron Nell who took the captaincy reigns, and while he was retained for the next match against the Chiefs, a freak injury sustained during the warm-up saw him pull out and fellow lock Steven Sykes take over.

Sykes is now one of several Kings players on the injured list and unavailable for the Crusaders match, which leaves Ferreira, man of the match for his defensive work against the Sharks and an extremely busy and mobile prop, as the new leader.

“Schalk Ferreira, who I think is an exemplary player, who always gives everything in every game, will no doubt lead by example and Ronnie Cooke as vice-captain, has shifted in fantastically, he is a superb player and a superb bloke,” said Kings director of rugby, Alan Solomons.

Solomons said the game would be a big test for the team, both in terms of leadership and depth.

“Certain players weren’t available, Steven Sykes took a knock and wasn’t available and we didn’t want to risk Andries (Strauss). He’s much better, but he’s still a little bit bruised around the AC joint, and neither of them was considered for this particular game.”

Also missing is SP Marais, who played fullback in the first three matches, with George Whitehead slotting into the No 15 jersey. Kenyan Daniel Adongo plays lock in place of Sykes as the injuries begin to mount for the under pressure franchise who have exceeded expectations so far in front of their home crowd but who face an entirely different challenge now that the overseas tour has arrived.

“For the rest we tried to get a measure of consistency again in our selection, but, while there is a level of consistency, what is also nice is that there are opportunities for players,” said Solomons, who is particularly pleased to see former Sharks and Lions Springbok Waylon Murray coming in onto the bench.

“What’s also fantastic to see is Waylon Murray, who had 30 minutes against Border in the EP Kings Vodacom Cup game last week. He basically hasn’t played for a year and its fantastic having him as part of the set-up. It’s fantastic for him personally and for the team,” Solomons said.



15 Israel Dagg. 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano , 3 Owen Franks 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.

Substitutes: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Dominic Bird, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Andy Ellis, 21 Tyler Bleyendaal, 22 Zac Guildford.


15. George Whitehead, 14. Sergeal Petersen, 13. Ronnie Cooke (Vice Captain), 12. Hadleigh Parkes, 11. Marcello Sampson, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Jacques Engelbrecht, 7. Wimpie van der Walt, 6. Cornell du Preez, 5. David Bulbring, 4. Daniel Adongo, 3. Kevin Buys, 2. Bandise Maku, 1. Schalk Ferreira (c)

Substitutes: 16. Edgar Marutlulle, 17. Jaco Engels, 18. Rynier Bernardo, 19. Devin Oosthuizen, 20. Nicolas Vergallo, 21. Waylon Murray, 22. Elric van Vuuren


  • Leon Young - 2013-03-21 16:07

    Do your best kings we in the eastern cape stand behind you,you are my team my pride my kings go beat the crusaders

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-03-21 16:14

      Ag shame. At this rate we will get to see all those development players Cheeky promised us. Super rugby taking its toll... Thumping coming...

      Detective.Kruger - 2013-03-21 17:37

      Good luck to Mr Watson and the King, and Leon u are wrong its not just the whole of the eastern cape that is behind the kings it is the whole of South Africa all 65 million of us black and white. Dare I Say it but the KIngs have pulled South Africans more together than that lily white team of 95 that won the world cup

      frankgerald - 2013-03-21 18:20

      Yes Leon behind the Kings all the way winning or loosing! @Pilot it seems like you are really becoming a vivid Kings-fan!

      Mandy Casey - 2013-03-22 07:10

      @squeegee.pilot, At this rate you may see frankgerald being called up to play for kings.

      npretorius2 - 2013-03-22 07:40

      @Squeegee, you must have such a sad life, I see you comment on all the Kings articles and spew your negative crap, Rather spend your time doing something constructive. The kings are doing great and managed to draw a bigger attendance in three games than a entire lions season. The also won at least on game, making them better than most of the lions super rugby season. Some of us South Africans are very proud of the kings, let us bee and spew your hatred elsewhere.

      louis.bensch.31 - 2013-03-22 08:12

      Deon speak for yourself, jee Thomas you are so right.

      Remo Liut - 2013-03-22 08:43

      Nico, you guys are bluffing yourself if you think those figures are going to stay there, I have constantly asked the question from the first game to the third there has already been a decline of approximately 15000 specators, WHY?. Is it because the stadium is not giving out free tickets or not bussing in the support?, maybe its just the fact as someone has mentioned the novelty is starting to wear off. Comparing the LIONS and the kings attendance is lame, and I really do not know where you get your facts from the LIONS pulled crowds constsistantly of over 22000 during 2012 and that is for the Currie cup as well. You do not even consider the seating when making your statement, Ellispark seats 20000 more than Nelson Mandela Bay so if you have 20000 in the stadiun it looks have full, at Ellispark it will only look a third full, so your argument has no merit. Lets first get through this season and compare the two after the season ends.

      npretorius2 - 2013-03-22 10:54

      @Remo, Get your facts correct, 1st Game vs Force 34000, Second Game vs Sharks 42000, VS Chiefs 32000, obviously home derbys will draw greater crowds. Lions 2012 AVERAGE: 23,714 TOTAL Attendance : 118,570 with highest 35,375, which is just over 60% capacity. Kings total Attendance over 105 000 in 3 matches, with 5 home games to go... filling every game so far to at least 80% Also remember that Port Elizabeth does't have a quarter of Johannesburg population. Then again, crowd attendance doesn't win games and isn't an indication of who belongs in S15 and who not. We will have to prove ourselves on the field. a HUGE problem I have is all the "LIONS fans" keyboard ninjas spewing crap about the kings, where were they when the lions played at Ellis Park? I watched two games at ellis park last year and it was EMPTY! Dont get me wrong, i stay in Jozi, and supported the lions and actually watched their games at the stadium, but being from PE originally I support the Kings. I love their style and youthful exuberance. ref -

      Johan Barnard - 2013-03-23 09:16

      After the game , I believe Cheeky will apply with Sanzar the kings don't want to travel it is unfair against the region of the Ecape Lol ... They want to play all the games at home !!

  • frankgerald - 2013-03-21 16:07

    Yes the Kings has exceeded expectations and I'm sure will still do fine against the 7-times Super rugby champions although they are without a few expierience players. Let's hope the Crusaders winning margin will be better as against the Bulls last week and that it would be better than the Chiefs 42-poinst winning margin against the Cheetahs. Go Kings go...!

      Remo Liut - 2013-03-21 20:59

      Frank ou maat, ja hulle het goed gespeel maar hulle ware toets kom nou en ek hoop van harte die spelers gaan dit uithou. Ek dink om n bonus punt uit die wedstryd te kry gaan n wonderwerk kos.

      frankgerald - 2013-03-22 07:55

      Ja Remo ons almal weet dat hulle gaan verloor en glo my hulle sal nie die eerste span wees wat teen die Crusaders gaan verloor nie. Vra maar vir die Bulls laasweek en die Bulls het ook nie n bonus punt gekry nie. Ek weet dit gaan n ware toets vir hulle wees.

      Johan Lensley - 2013-03-22 08:00

      @Frank... Don't harp to much on your low losing margins. The other teams are in the game to try and win it, they throw it all in on attack, try to get bonus points and want to be competitive. The Kings are on a defensive strategy, to give away the least possible points and are playing negative introverted rugby. Loose, they will, low margins they will achieve but will they ever start offering us some fightback of their own? It's easy to throw all into defense and hope to snatch up a loose ball here and there..m but it does not win you games...

      frankgerald - 2013-03-22 09:06

      Johan I don't harp on low winning margins.FYI,any low winning margin can be just as an important as bonus points in the end where which can determine you log position. Maybe you have never heard of points-difference. I'm just realistic the Crusaders are the best super rugby team,ever . Its also not about defence for the Kings,good example,tries thus far between the Sharks(0) and the Kings(3). Your point is once again bias,one-sided and without merit.

  • BangBang - 2013-03-21 16:29

    Kings? Should be called the Clowns. Fourth captain in five games - pathetic.

      louis.bensch.31 - 2013-03-22 08:15

      At least that is one record they will have after their first and last season. Crusaders by 25.

      alfred.fleur.1 - 2013-03-22 13:14

      your name say it all fool(make news24 readers bang) the first year expect the worst but untill now still waiting.

  • - 2013-03-21 16:55

    And to think i supported the lionesses in the S15. Well never again. So glad u are out of the S15. You are all a bunch a sour prune gautengelengers. GO KINGS !!!!!

      Remo Liut - 2013-03-21 20:55

      How old are you? your comment sounds like a primary school yard argument. let me guess you have just moved down to the coast and now you are their biggest fan just to make friends with the locals. - 2013-03-22 06:56

      and u have'nt read all your gauteng lioness buddies comments? They must be kindergarten arguments then must'nt they ? Very childish indeed .

      Johan Lensley - 2013-03-22 08:04

      Dude, you whee definately not a Lions supporter... Because Lions supporters don't jump ship! And for your info, not even half the negative commens on this and other sites, are from Lions supporters!!! The whole country are up in arms over the way the Kings management/ union are going about their business!!! Have fun dude, we don't need draadsitters, the Lions have enough supporters!

  • JcqWagner - 2013-03-21 17:54

    Shame, kry queens jammer. Hier kom groot pakslae vir hulle. En die '95 world cup teem was die beste ooit !!!!

  • Remo Liut - 2013-03-21 20:51

    Deon, tell me which stats are you using. are you sayin that 90% of the national poulation lives in the ec.

      Remo Liut - 2013-03-21 20:56

      sorry should be population.

  • Derrick Du Plessis - 2013-03-21 22:31

    Snaaks hoe al die kings kapteine seer kry na hulle as kaptein aangestel word hulle kry seke net seer om ni die embaresment te hoef te dra om die post game interviews te doen nie SHAME

  • Chrisin Oz - 2013-03-21 22:46

    I'm going to watch this game. Tryfest for the Crusaders.

  • alfred.fleur.1 - 2013-03-22 12:21

    what make you the best ever is not current players but franchise wins(crusaders). They are definitely not the best at this stage. Look at the chiefs the current champion even they struggled against the Kings. The other factor is home ground advantage can make you look better but in the KINGS case a welcome scenario for the first year they beat all expectations and all other lion and anti KINGS supporters you better look into the future if they should be in the race as long as the cheetahs and lions i think all rugby will be in SA will be drawn to PORT ELIZABETH. I am a STORMERS fan but KINGS all the way you excite the rugby world and what a performance so far.

  • Johan Barnard - 2013-03-23 09:32

    After the game , I believe Cheeky will apply with Sanzar the kings don't want to travel it is unfair against the region of the Ecape Lol ... They want to play all the games at home !! Politics don't belong in sport !!!

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